A KKNK production. Development supported by NATi and the Vlaamse Fonds voor de Letteren.
WITH Antoinette Kellermann, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Rolanda Marais, André Roothman, Neels van Jaarsveld, Wilhelm van der Walt, Edwin van der Walt en Matthew Stuurman
TEXT Tom Lanoye
TRANSLATION Antjie Krog
DIRECTOR AND DESIGNER Marthinus Basson
LIGHTING DESIGN AND STAGE MANAGER Nicolaas de Jongh
COSTUME DESIGN Elaine du Plessis
SOUND DESIGN Rynhardt van Blerk
AUDIO-VISUAL DESIGN Dawid Joubert
This is a reimagining by acclaimed Flemish author Tom Lanoye of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Elizabeth Lear has singlehandedly grown her small business in to a global enterprise. Once she announces that her empire will be divided amongst her sons, she demands that they pledge their love and allegiance to her. Her youngest and most favoured son refuses with disastrous consequences. This is a tale of an elderly business woman losing touch with reality, trying to retain some measure of control and clinging desperately to the legacy she has built. This epic tale brought to you by the cream of the South African stage explores today’s business milieu where integrity and loyalty are in scant supply.
The production received eight KKNK Kanna Awards including best production, best debut production, best actress (Antoinette Kellermann), best supporting actress (Anna-Mart van der Merwe), best supporting actor (Edwin van der Walt), best director (Marthinus Basson), best design (Marthinus Basson) and best literary contribution (Antjie Krog).
Afrikaans | No u/16 | Language, Violence, Nudity | 160 min. (Including interval of 10 min.)